Showing off your embroidery in a hoop is no surprise for the most stitchers, and there are as many ways of finishing a hoop as the are stitchers themselves. You can cover the hoop back with fabric, glue the excess canvas, or use cardboard paper – or use needle and thread and a piece of felt like I do. (Truth be told, I don’t mix well with glue, so trying another method would be a disaster!)
In the following videos I show how I finish my hoops step by step:
Step one: hiding the fabric edges
Step two (optional): lacing
I usually skip lacing for smaller hoops (up to 8 inches) and use it for bigger hoops and/or if the fabric is really stretchy to give the finished embroidery a tighter feel.
Today has been a great day: I managed to drop my wiggly toddler (WT) at his grandmothers house and found myself in the rare occasion of having a couple of free hours. At first I was running around trying to get my hands on every unfinished project in sight (lots and lots of those!), but then I felt SO VERY CREATIVE.
This little lady has been haunting me for some time now, especially after I saw her Cat Cosplay version. So today Happy Stitch proudly presents —
Nott the Brave
Patther size: 43 X 48 Stitches, 9 colors
Aida # 14 — 7.8 X 8.7 cm (3.1 x 3.4 ”)
Aida #16 — 6.8 X 7.6 cm (2.7 x 3 ”)
The pattern is free to download. You can either download this image (click to get the full size):
It seems that I haven’t posted for almost a year now. Did they tell you that life with a kid gets easier with time? Well, it’s not exactly true. Now I have a toddler on my hands (quite an active one), and oh how I miss those beautiful days when he had naps three times a day and went to bed at 6 am!
But then there is a bright side – I feel as creative as ever, and if I find just a handful of time, I create (and create, and create, and…. zzzzz……). There is a load of new designs in my Etsy shop, do check them out at https://www.etsy.com/shop/HappyStitchNet !
One more new thing too. Soon all my designs featured on Etsy chill also be available to be purchased and downloaded directly from this blog. Wait for the official announcement!
And here is a freebie pattern for every cat lover out there 🙂
Hi there! Today’s freebie is adapted from a photo of an amazingly ornamented ceramic tile in a colorful combination of blue and bright red. You can use this pattern to make an single ornament or a cushion. Enjoy!
Eastern ornament pattern
Pattern size: 86w X 86h stitches, 9 colors Approximate size on Aida #14: 15.60 X 15.60 cm (6.1 ” x 6.1 ”) on 6 count canvas: 36.4 X 36.4 cm (14.3 ” x 14.3 ”)
Gradually moving forward with the runic alphabet. With today’s Eihwaz done, I have only three runes to go: Sowilo, Ingwaz, and Dagaz. That means that all other runes are already made and can be found in the blog archives!
Anyway, the today’s rune is Eihwaz, and it can be downloaded for free!
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